IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT JOINING THE REGISTRY
You can register as a volunteer bone marrow donor if you are a permanent resident of Cyprus, between the ages of 18 and 45, in good health and with no history of infectious diseases, cancer or heart disease.
Registering as a volunteer donor is purely voluntary and altruistic and you have the right to change your mind at any time. You will be listed in the registry until your 60th birthday, unless you ask to be removed prior to that.
Nobody can force you to join the registry or proceed to a bone marrow donation. However, it is very important to be well informed because if you decide to withdraw during the donation procedure, especially aﬅer the patient begins the therapy for accepting the graﬅ it may put the patient’s life in danger.
It is important that you are willing to help any patient regardless of his/her race, ethnicity or religion. According to the Foundation’s policy, donor registration for a speciﬁc patient is accepted only in the case of ﬁrst degree relatives.
The expected risk of donating a graﬅ is minimal. To avoid any serious complications you will undergo a thorough medical examination before proceeding to the donation.
Throughout the process of donation and subsequent procedures, there will be full anonymity between the donor and the patient. You will not be compensated nor burdened ﬁnancially in any way for your voluntary action. The only beneﬁt of your donation is the invaluable moral satisfaction of saving a life.
To register as a volunteer bone marrow donor please refer to Karaiskakio Foundation or the blood bank of the General Hospital of your city. You will need to ﬁll out the Donor Registration Form and give a small amount of blood for tissue typing.
If you have already registered as a volunteer donor you do not need to register again. You may call the Karaiskakio Foundation at 22772700 to verify that you are listed in the registry.